As I got older, I would dabble in cooking every blue moon and didn't find the same joy in it that she did. I came to the conclusion that I would probably never be the chef du jour (perhaps chef du duree de vie?) that my mom was (and still is). I just couldn't cultivate the same passion she had. This dismayed me as I couldn't envision myself providing for my future family the savory dinners that my mother had. Maybe I will explore the variety of ways to cook Ramen, I thought. Yeah that won't cut it for family meals...Mom reassured me that I would one day have an affinity for whipping up some grub.
Well, as she almost always is, she was right. I have finally picked up cooking - and what's more: I thoroughly enjoy it. It has become a release for me, and a confidence booster to boot since I figured out I'm not half bad at it (although I still have a long way to go).
The first recipe I made that inspired this new-found hobby was a bacon-wrapped chicken. With chive and onion cream cheese rolled in the middle and bacon infusing the chicken with mouth-watering flavor, it was a succulent dish. And, much to my surprise: extremely easy!
Tonight's dinner was a Caesar salmon filet. Simply marinate the salmon for 2 hours in creamy Caesar dressing, then broil 4 inches from the heat for 5 minutes. Take it out of the oven and spoon 1/4 cup soy sauce and one garlic clove, minced. Then broil for 15ish more minutes. Again, very simple and quick but tastes gourmet! I served it with a cheddar broccoli pasta side.
Some recipes were not as awesome (pizza ravioli was mediocre), and others were very satisfying (steak Oscar). My mother set the bar high, so I will continue my cooking venture; and maybe - just maybe - someday I'll be right up there with her.
Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!